Images of recent road-testing
Like a lot of the major car brands, Aston Martin has temporarily suspended the manufacturing operations at its factories this week in response to the coronavirus outbreak. It hopes to resume production before the end of April, but only if it’s reasonable to do so.
Before closing, however, the company did manage to issue the first images of the Aston Martin Valkyrie being tested on UK roads. This stunning vehicle has been in the works for several years, with the first prototypes recently tested at Silverstone race circuit, and the drivers from the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team, Max Verstappen and Alex Albon, behind the wheel.
The multi-million-dirham hypercar took to public roads near Aston Martin’s Silverstone engineering base with test driver Chris Goodwin at the helm. Red Bull Advanced Technologies contributed some of the know-how from its Formula 1 cars to the design.
Powered by a Cosworth-developed 6.5-litre V12 offering 1,000hp and 546lbf.ft of torque, revving up to 10,500rpm, there are 150 road-going Valkyries planned, as well as 25 track-only AMR Pro versions. It was due to be delivered to customers in the second half of this year, but with the factory closures that might be pushed back.